Wintergatan

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Wintergatan
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Wintergatan at Haldern Pop Festival 16
Background information
Origin Göteborg, Sweden
Genres Folktronica, experimental pop[1] post-rock[2]
Years active 2013 - present
Website www.wintergatan.net
Members Evelina Hägglund
Martin Molin
Marcus Sjöberg
David Zandén

Wintergatan (Swedish pronunciation: [²vɪntɛrˌɡɑːtan], The Milky Way) is a Swedish folktronica band from Göteborg. Martin Molin and Marcus Sjöberg were previously part of the former band Detektivbyrån. The band uses a variety of unconventional instruments including the Theremin, the self-invented Modulin, a self-built punch-card music box, a slide projector, a Musical Saw, and a typewriter for use as percussion.

The band released their first track in late 2012 titled Sommarfågel, and released their debut album Wintergatan in 2013.[3]

The band's members all play various instruments but have various primary specializations. Martin Molin specializes in the vibraphone, Evelina Hägglund specializes in keyboard instruments, David Zandén specializes in bass, and Marcus Sjöberg specializes in drums.[4]

Marble Machine[edit]

Between December 2014 and March 2016, the band uploaded several YouTube videos featuring Martin Molin documenting the construction of a music box that uses marbles to play instruments. The machine is powered by hand, and works by raising steel marbles through the machine into multiple feeder tubes, where they are then released from height via programmable release gates, falling and striking a musical instrument below. Instruments played by marbles striking them include a vibraphone, bass guitar, cymbal, and emulated kick drum, high hat and snare drum sounds using contact microphones. The music score is stored on two programmable wheels that utilise Lego Technic beams and stud connectors to trigger armatures to release the marbles. A final music video showing the machine in use was released in 2016.[5][6][7][8] The video counts more than 82 million views on YouTube as of 14 July 2018.

Ten months after the debut of the original Marble Machine, the band disassembled it and announced their plans to make a new marble machine for the purpose of touring. The new machine, to be called “Marble Machine X,” would solve a multitude of mechanical functionality problems with the original marble machine. Martin Molin, the builder of the original marble machine, is collaborating with Karin and Olof Eneroth as well as fans for the design of the Marble Machine X and has transported the original marble machine to Museum Speelklok in Utrecht, the Netherlands.[9][10][11][12]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Wintergatan (2013) (with the singles "Sommarfågel" and "Starmachine2000")

Singles[edit]

  • Emerson (2011)
  • Sommarfågel (2013)
  • Starmachine2000 (2013)
  • Tornado (2013)
  • The Rocket (2013)
  • Valentine (2013)
  • Biking Is Better (2013)
  • Slottskogen Disc Golf Club (2013)
  • Västanberg (2013)
  • All Was Well (2013)
  • Paradis (2013)
  • Visa från Utanmyra (2014)
  • Marble Machine (2016)
  • Dr. Wilys Castle (2017)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wintergatan". sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "Wintergatan". discogs.com. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Wintergatan". 
  4. ^ Molin, Martin. "Wintergatan - Bio - 2016" (PDF). Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  5. ^ "Wintergatan - Marble Machine". Youtube. 
  6. ^ "This incredible music machine is powered by 2,000 marbles". Wired. Retrieved 4 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "Brännö-bo gör succé på Youtube" (in Swedish). Göteborgs-Posten. Retrieved 5 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "Wintergatan Marble Machine: Amazing video shows music box powered by 2,000 marbles". International Business Times. Retrieved 5 March 2016. 
  9. ^ Wintergatan (2017-02-15), Marble Machine X - Revisiting the First Machine, retrieved 2017-03-11 
  10. ^ Wintergatan (2017-01-18), Marble Machine X - First Sketches / Episode 1, retrieved 2017-03-11 
  11. ^ Wintergatan (2017-04-12), Disassembling the Marble Machine, retrieved 2017-04-27 
  12. ^ Wintergatan (2017-05-29), Marble machine of Wintergatan in Museum Speelklok, retrieved 2017-05-29